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The Problem with Church (Ep 59)

When we read the historical accounts of the first Jesus Followers there seems to be a vast difference between what we see in them and what we see in our current American Church. Why is that? What made a group of persecuted Jesus Followers who were on the run for their lives such an effective force for change in their world? What have we missed in our current view of the Church?

Episode Breakdown:
1:00 Backyard Hello
3:00 The Church’s Problem w/ Jon
23:00 Challenge, Giveaways, and Knight Rider

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#forSalem May Challenge: Meals FOR Teachers (Teacher Appreciation)
–Buy a meal for a teacher AND support a local restaurant.–
HOW: Pick a teacher… either of a family member or just from your neighborhood’s school (google is your friend here). Teacher emails are easy to find on school websites! What a surprise it would be to get a thank-you in what has been a pretty interesting and trying year!
? Here’s a list of some #salemoregon restaurants who have egift card options. (You can also just go directly to your favorite spot’s website to see if they have them available!)

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#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week: Shaka Brah
– This week’s winner: Ankeny Vineyard

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Acts 1-12

▶ Additional Resources:
Future Church- Will Mancini and Corey Hartman
Irresistible- Andy Stanley–again_andy-stanley/
Evangelism in the Early Church- Michael Green

Music we listened to making this episode:
Heart Songs- Weezer:
Mack the Knife- Bobby Darin:
Wait for It – Hamilton Soundtrack:

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  1. How have you seen God working this week?
  2. What stood out to you most in this week’s message? Were there any portions that were confusing or bothersome? Discuss reactions and highlights together.
  3. Read Matthew 28:18-20. What is your first reaction to the “Great Commission?” What might it practically look like for this to be a guide for both your personal life and the overall life of the Church?
  4. As you consider Jesus’ command to his followers, how can your group pray for you this week?